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US Jobless Claims: Off the charts – RBC Economics

US jobless claims were off the charts at 3.28 million last week. Increase of 3 million from the previous week, nearly 2% of labour force, Josh Nye, a Senior Economist at the Royal Bank of Canada, briefs.

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“Today's initial claims figure was at the upper end of the wide range of market expectations. In any case, it's absolutely shocking to see 2% of the US labour force making jobless claims in a single week.”

“The scale of layoffs underscores the need for more generous unemployment insurance to help people through this unprecedented period of economic disruption.” 

 

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